The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), is an alternate, accredited certificate option for students going into Year 11.
Students might choose to pursue a VCAL, VET, TAFE or alternative pathway.
For more information please view the curriculum handbook and/or make a booking to discuss your pathway options with careers or the VCAL coordinator.
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is an alternate, accredited certificate option for students going into Year 11. Our approach to learning in VCAL takes on a more hands on style and is delivered to each student at their learning level. It equips students with employability skills for their post year 12 pathway which may include traineeships, apprenticeships or employment. Students in VCAL will also enrol in a Vocational Certificate in a career area of interest to them. This way students are gaining a VCAL Certificate and a recognised qualification at a TAFE level.
The Literacy Skills curriculum encourages the development of practical knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to reading, writing and oral communication within contexts of everyday life, family, employment, further learning and the wider community. Literacy is taught at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior level. The level that you study Literacy at will be based on recommendations from your current teachers, course counsellors and the VCAL Team Leader.
The Numeracy Skills curriculum develops skills to use mathematical skills within society related to design, measuring, time, problem solving, planning and organising, data, representation and travel.
Students who complete Work Related Skills develop employability skills, knowledge and attributes valued within community and work environments as a preparation for employment. The development of employability skills within this strand provides learners with a capacity to consider and choose from a range of different future pathways.
As part of the VCAL program, students will participate in projects and activities in their community or school that will help develop teamwork skills, self-confidence, social responsibility and other skills important for life and work. This strand requires students to work independently and think broadly about themselves and the community they live in.
(VET) The aim of VCAL is to provide students with a hands–on practical learning experience which prepares students for work or further industry training upon completion. Students are required to undertake a Vocational Education subject (VET) which is also known as a TAFE course one day a week.
The following courses are offered at TAFE, but are dependent on student numbers:
VCAL students attend school a minimum of three days a week, attend TAFE on Thursdays and will be given an opportunity to complete work placements on Friday's.
As mentioned above, students have many opportunities in VCAL. Below are some images of students interacting with some of the experiences they have had throughout their time in the program.
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